Joe Wolfe didn't get the full-time Tazewell County job he wanted. But he did return to the part-time Tazewell County job he wanted.

Wolfe was inaugurated last week to begin what is his third County Board stint, technically. The Democrat from Pekin had resigned in September, although he remained on the November ballot without opposition for a board seat from District 1.

The resignation was necessary because Wolfe applied for a job as Tazewell County facilities director. Board members can't apply for county job openings, nor work for the county.

Earlier this month, Washington resident Michael Schone was hired to replace Mike Strauman, the previous facilities director. Strauman resigned last month.

Schone formerly worked in the federal prison system, according to David Zimmerman, the board chairman.

In Tazewell County, the facilities director oversees all county-owned buildings and is responsible for their maintenance.

Wolfe is facilities manager for the Deer Creek-Mackinaw school district.

If Wolfe had been picked for the Tazewell facilities-director job, another Democrat would have been appointed to fill his board seat.

Wolfe's resignation began a 60-day period during which a replacement was to have been picked. According to Zimmerman, that window closed Nov. 25, about three weeks after the election.

Given the lack of board business between late November and last week, the state's attorney's office stated it was OK to leave the board seat vacant for that period.

"Had it been a big issue, I would have named somebody," Zimmerman said.

Wolfe's County Board career has been unconventional. He first joined the board in 2014, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy left by the death of his father-in-law, Terry Von Boeckman.

Later in 2014, Wolfe won election to complete the remaining two years of Von Boeckman's term. In 2016, Wolfe ran for a full, four-year term but finished fifth in a four-seat race.

The following year, Wolfe returned to the board when he was appointed to replace fellow Democrat Darrell "Dude" Meisinger, who retired.

Last month, Wolfe received 9,886 votes in his unopposed effort to finish the final two years of the term Meisinger won in 2016.

District 1 consists of Cincinnati, Delavan, Malone, Pekin, Sand Prairie and Spring Lake townships.